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What I’ve been saying about Final Cut Pro, AV Foundation and QuickTime

The anticipation might soon be over. At next Tuesday night’s Supermeet in Las Vegas we may get a sneak peek at what Apple has been working on. For those who aren’t regular readers of my blog, here’s links to my evolving thoughts on why Apple needs to rewrite both Final Cut Pro and QuickTime into a modern codebase, and why they may take this opportunity to not just rewrite, but to rethink how modern NLE software works.

The posts in bold are the key ones.

No doubt there’s some things I’ve written that are just plain wrong. But I’m expecting that on Tuesday night we’ll see the 64 bit Cocoa Final Cut Pro (using AV Foundation) that I wasn’t initially expecting until 2012, with a complete rethink of the NLE interface for the future.



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6 responses to “What I’ve been saying about Final Cut Pro, AV Foundation and QuickTime”

  1. Can’t wait to find out if your crystal ball is correct! Either way, I probably won’t upgrade for a good 6 months. I’ll let you early adopters do the debugging for me. 🙂

    1. I’m feeling pretty confident!

  2. I’d like to hope that I’ve been sending some traffic your way. I’ve often linked to your articles in forum postings when talking about what’s happened with Final Cut over the last 3 years.

    My own shorthand interpretation after reading the above articles is that FCP was ready to make a much greater leap forward around 2009, but the team got their wires crossed with the overall path of OSX development which resulted in a much scaled back release of FCS3.

    This is why I can’t really agree with people when they say Apple “abandoned” pro apps. It’s unfortunate what happened, but it might actually have made them take a harder and more long term look at where they wanted this thing to go.

    Regardless, I’m terribly thankful I found this blog. It has been one of the few sane sources of conversation on this subject for the past year. Thanks Philip, and I look forward to your analysis in the weeks ahead.

  3. Thanks for the kind comments Marcus, and for sending the traffic. Agreed that there was a different path forward planned for 2009, that got completely sidetracked with the lack of the previously announced 64 bit Carbon. That led to a rethink that led to a complete overhaul of the editing interface.

    We’ll know at least some more Tuesday night 2Supermeet.

  4. Run into a little bird in Vegas?

    1. No little birds yet. Still trying to get a room with wifi